As an automobile enthusiast, I’m often asked by friends and acquaintances which used car they should buy for their teenage offspring who’ve just gotten their drivers license. My quick answer is; “None. They should buy their own car!” But usually I go with the standard Toyota, Honda, or Nissan plug. The safe route always seems to be the Corolla, Camry, Civic, Accord, or Sentra. That was until I watched an episode of Hoovie’s Garage tackling this topic from an entirely different perspective.
Hoovie argues the Camrys and Accords, being the obvious choice, are way too overvalued. By the time they’re cheap, they either have super high mileage over 200,000; or look like a college student lived inside it and used it as a giant bong for four years. If you’re super lucky, the oil was changed at least once a year.
His solution? A Buick! And I love it. Hoovie says they’re mostly owned by older people who usually look after them well. They’re tanks, and he says getting 300,000 miles out of the legendary 3800 V6 is pretty common. They’re relatively easy to take care of and repairs and parts are pretty cheap too.
So my new answer? Grab yourself a mid-90s to mid-2000s Buick for around $3k. Thanks Hoovie!